Shopping in Southampton
If you fancy a day out and a bit of retail therapy, then we can recommend Southampton as a great place to visit. With two indoor shopping centres, a large IKEA store, a retail park and plenty of boutique and independent shops – you’ll be spoilt for choice! The added bonus of shopping in Southampton is that everything is quite compact, so you can leave the car and walk everywhere – including to IKEA and to the retail park.
As an important trading port, the city itself has a fascinating history. If you are interested in a bit of history whilst you are shopping in Southampton there is an Old Town Walk which follows the city’s well preserved medieval Town Walls and takes in many history buildings along the way. Guided tours can be booked on Saturdays and Sundays.
West Quay Shopping Centre
West Quay Shopping Centre is one of the south coast’s premier shopping centres and boasts two whole floors of shops including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, plus a level dedicated entirely to food with a great choice of cafés, takeaways, restaurants and bars.
West Quay Retail Park
Just a stone’s throw from the central shops in Southampton you will find West Quay Retail Park featuring shops such as Argos, Currys, PC World, Halfords and Furniture Village. If you’re looking for a bite to eat or drink, then you’ll find McDonalds, Starbucks and a TGI Friday. Good to know that most of the stores offer a click and collect service should you get carried away!
Alongside West Quay Retail Park and West Quay Shopping Centre you will find IKEA – great for Swedish designed furniture and home accessories.
Marlands Shopping Centre
Marlands Shopping Centre is another Southampton mall with a wide range of high street and specialist shops.
Bedford Place is just a few minutes’ walk north of the main Southampton shopping area and here you will find a completely different vibe. During the day you can browse amongst a whole host of independent shops and trendy boutique stores - interspersed by coffee shops and eateries. In the evening the bars, pubs and restaurants give this area a lively atmosphere.
A few minutes’ walk to the south east of the main Southampton shopping centre you’ll find Oxford Street. This partly pedestrianised street features a range of pretty independent shops in Southampton, as well as a good selection of bars and restaurants.
Above Bar Street - in the city centre - plays host to a general market every Friday, and specialist markets on Saturdays:
• Antiques and collectables on the first Saturday of every month
• Arts & Crafts on the second Saturday of every month
• Artisan Foods on the third Saturday of every month
• Vintage & Retro on the fourth Saturday of every month
The Hampshire Farmers’ Market has been established for 17 years and travels from town to town throughout Hampshire. It visits the Guildhall Square in Southampton a couple of times a year - you can find out more information and dates on the Hampshire Farmers Market website.
Where to Stay
If you are a little weary from all that retail therapy and need somewhere to lay you head then why not stay at the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge which is just 30 miles away. With a wide range of modern and stylish, air conditioned rooms you’ll be spoilt for choice. What’s more - you can chill out at the end of the day with a glass of something special and order a meal at the Solstice Bar & Grill. The hotel is ideally located on the A303 north of Salisbury and perfect for exploring the South of England.